About Stonecook Pan
With its marble coated non-stick cooking surface, deep ridges that channel away fat and grease, and even-heating induction technology, Stonecook Pan promises to help you cook better, healthier, and easier than ever before.
Stonecook Pan can also be used on the stove, oven, and barbecue, and can even be used as a serving tray. When you’re finished cooking, simply wipe Stonecook clean with a sponge or pop it in the dishwasher, while its slim design allows it to be easily stored until you’re ready for “leaner, healthier” meals once again.
After watching the Stonecook Pan commercial—between its proclaimed “impressive, all-around heating” and its ability to cook tastier food with less fat—you’re probably ready to hand over your money now. But before you do, ask yourself: Will Stonecook Pan cook as well as the manufacturer claims? Is there anything similar? If so, how does it compare from price and performance perspectives? Let’s break everything down:
What Kind of Induction Technology Does Stonecook Pan Feature?
Regardless of what you’re cooking, it’s usually accomplished by heating a vessel (pot, pan, etc.), which then transfers this heat to the food it contains.
In most instances, this is heat is provided by an external source like a flame (gas stove) or hot coil (electric stove). With induction cooking though, heat is generated directly inside the pot or pan using an electromagnetic current. And because there’s no flame or superheated coil involved, the cooking surface remains largely cool to the touch, and the temperature can be adjusted instantaneously.
However, keep in mind that in order to take advantage of induction technology, you need cookware with a ferrous (iron-containing) base, which will maintain the magnetic field generated by your cooktop.
Sounds great, right? It is! But this brings up our first concern about Stonecook. Specifically, based on what we’re shown in the product’s commercial, it appears that its ferrous base is circular, while the pan itself is rectangular.
Whereas a round pan would be exposed to the same level of magnetism from an induction base, thereby providing even heating, this doesn’t seem to be the case with Stonecook. Instead, the heat generated from the induction base would then have to spread to the rest of the pan, which could forseeably cause the edges to heat up slower (and to a lower temperature) than the portion in direct contact with the induction surface.
Is Stonecook Pan a Unique Stovetop Grill?
Type “stovetop grill” into any search engine, and you’ll quickly find thousands of different options in all shapes, sizes, colors, and handle lengths—you’ll probably even find a handful of options locally. In fact, we recently reviewed another similar product named Gotham Steel Double Grill.
Despite these differences, nearly all stovetop grills feature the same raised ridges as Stonecook that can channel away fat and grease. They won’t, however, all feature the induction-ready base or marble-coated design.
Taking everything together, this means that Stonecook Pan might be unique from a design perspective, although perhaps not from a performance perspective. How does its price compare?
How Much Does Stonecook Pan Cost?
One Stonecook Pan is priced at $29.99 plus $6.99 S&H, which includes two silicone handles.
During checkout, you’ll also be able to add a copper finish to your pan for an additional $9.99 S&H, as well as a ventilated glass lid for $14.99.
Comparatively, many similar stovetop grills seem to fall somewhere between $50 and $100.
All Stonecook Pans come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. In order to request one, you’ll need to call Allstar Products Group’s customer service department at 855-721-3343.
Will Stonecook Pan Really Help You Prepare Healthier, Tastier Meals?
The short answer is, “it’s possible,” but let’s explain what we mean.
In and of itself, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with grease that emanates from cooked meats and vegetables. What’s cause for concern is the amount of fat this grease contains (specifically saturated fat, since some fats are good for your health), which can lead to heart disease, certain cancers, and other health problems.
From this standpoint, by allowing fat to channel through its deep ridges and away from your food, Stonecook might help you cook healthier. However, excess fat isn’t the only unhealthy element in food, which can also relate to high sodium content, simple sugars, enriched flour, trans fats, and more.
In other words, Stonecook pan only addresses the fat concern, so it’s completely feasible that you could continue cooking unhealthy food, even after you have Stonecook Pan in your hands.
Continuing with this thought, it’s important to point out that the ingredients you use during the preparation of your food will generally have a much greater impact on its taste than what you cook it in (a notable exception to this might be a well-used cast iron pan). Furthermore, cutting out fat often means sacrificing taste, so there doesn’t appear to be a direct correlation between Stonecook Pan and tastier food, either.
Should You Buy Stonecook Pan?
As is often the case with ASOTV products, Stonecook Pan’s price is tough to beat compared to the competition. In fact, even with its high S&H charges, you could purchase two Stonecooks for the price of one of the competition, with money to spare.
However, one major lesson we’ve learned reviewing 650+ of these products is that value isn’t wholly dependent on price. Instead, a product also needs to feature high quality construction, work as well as advertised, and ideally provide years of worry-free service. Will you get all of this from Stonecook Pan?
As such a new product without any online customer reviews at the time of our research, there’s no way to be sure. However, given everything we’ve discussed here, we think keeping your expectations realistic could go a long way toward ensuring your satisfaction.